The following statement from Australia's parliament highlights the importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for recognizing and respecting First Nations everywhere. Only the Canada's Conservative government remains against this declaration as President Obama pledged to examine his country's support for this important declaration.
KO and its partners on the VideoCom research project have been successful in two grant proposals to continue the work for at least another three years. The project is focused on video communications (videoconferencing and online video) in remote and rural First Nation communities.
K-Net and KORI have played a key role in the project since it began in 2006 and will continue in the next phase, now funded to 2012.
If you want to see direct evidence of racism towards First Nations with lots of "blaming the victim" and "shooting the messenger", just scan the comments made by Canadians about this story. Those of us living and working in the north with First Nations have always known these realities and now, thanks to Dr. Smylie, who took the time to come and work in Sioux Lookout and in the north, her research is highlighting the inadequacies and inequalities in the delivery health services in First Nations.
VERA PAWIS TABOBONDUNG - March 31, 2009